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Marine Depot Maintenance Command deputy retires after 35 years of service

By Matthew Nowicki | | September 6, 2013


Michael C. Bogdahn, deputy commander, Production Operations, Marine Depot Maintenance Command, retired to his home state of N.C., Tuesday after 35 years of service. 

Bogdahn began his government service by reporting to boot camp Sept. 23, 1976, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Following graduation, Bogdahn was assigned to Millington, Tenn., for aviation training. He also conducted on-the-job training with Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 32 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., where he worked as an electronic technician. There he received in-depth training in aviation electronics, micro-miniature component repair and systems analysis.

After serving six years; four years on active-duty and two years in the Marine Corps Reserves,  Bogdahn was honorably discharged and began his career as a civil servant for the Department of the Navy in August 1981.

He served in various positions throughout the Navy and most notably was appointed the position of Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt and Continuous Process Improvement expert at Headquarters Marine Corps in 2006.

In March 2008, he was selected as the deputy commander, Maintenance Center Barstow, Calif. He was directly responsible for all depot industrial operations with a workforce of more than 1,200 employees focusing on more than 70 different skill sets and 46 trades.

Following the activation of MDMC in February 2012, Bogdahn served as the deputy commander for Production Operations where he was instrumental in the consolidation of Maintenance Center Albany, Ga., and MCB, Calif., under one command.  The maintenance centers have been renamed Production Plant Albany, Ga., and Production Plant Barstow, Calif. He managed the end-to-end production operations for these two Marine Corps production plants until his retirement. 

“The consolidation of our maintenance centers into one Marine Depot Maintenance Command took individuals and leaders who understood the operations and business of depot maintenance,” Col. Yori Escalante, chief of staff, MCLC, said.  “Mike Bogdahn and the experience he brought to the effort insured the successful implementation of this endeavor.”

Trent Blalock, deputy commander, MDMC, said Bogdahn will be greatly missed by everyone across MDMC.

“Mr. Bogdahn brought a culture of change to Marine Depot Maintenance Command at a critical time,” he said. “The change he implemented will be realized for years to come.”

In a recent MDMC newsletter, Bogdahn bid farewell to MDMC employees.

“Thank you so much and good luck to all of you as you continue with your own paths in the future,” Bogdahn said. “I have always said it is about the people and without all of you doing all that you do, nothing is possible.”

Bogdahn is a graduate of several high-level programs to include the Navy Executive Leadership Development Program and the Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program. He was a member of the Federal Managers Association and a recipient of the prestigious Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.